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McCarthy, Scalise stop just short of calling for Sessions to be held in contempt

McCarthy, Scalise stop just short of calling for Sessions to be held in contempt
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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyDemocrats to create select committee to probe Jan. 6 attack The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senators, White House to meet on potential infrastructure deal Defense contractors ramp up donations to GOP election objectors MORE (R-Calif.) and House Majority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseDefense contractors ramp up donations to GOP election objectors On The Money: Powell says pickup in job gains likely this fall | Schumer, Pelosi meeting with White House on infrastructure Powell says pickup in job gains likely this fall MORE (R-La.) on Monday stopped short of joining House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesTech privacy practices under scrutiny after DOJ subpoenas GOP's Stefanik defends Trump DOJ secret subpoenas CNN reporter's phone and email records secretly obtained by Trump administration: report MORE’s (R-Calif.) push to hold Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe Hill's Morning Report - After high-stakes Biden-Putin summit, what now? Border state governors rebel against Biden's immigration chaos Garland strikes down Trump-era asylum decisions MORE in contempt of Congress. 

Nunes said during an appearance on “Fox & Friends Weekend" on Sunday that "the only thing left to do" is hold Sessions in contempt after concluding the Department of Justice (DOJ) isn’t going to comply with his request for documents pertaining to the special counsel’s Russia investigation.

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Scalise said he believes Nunes is best equipped to decide what the next course of action should be, adding he thinks it's important leadership supports him throughout the process. 

"I think that the Department of Justice has to comply with the subpoenas Congress has issued, and I think Chairman Nunes has done a very important job of getting the facts out and nobody is above the law," he told The Hill on Monday. "The Department of Justice has to turn over the documents that Congress has requested, and there've been a lot of serious questions raised about what we've uncovered so far. So, I'm not sure what they have to hide, but they have to comply with the law just like everybody else."

McCarthy echoed Scalise's sentiments, saying he understands Nunes’s argument and feels the DOJ and FBI should hand over the classified materials. 

"There's a frustration with a lot of members on how long all this has taken and the withholding of information," he told The Hill. "I'd like to see the information come to the House."

In response to an inquiry to House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanTrump clash ahead: Ron DeSantis positions himself as GOP's future in a direct-mail piece Cutting critical family support won't solve the labor crisis Juan Williams: Trump's GOP descends into farce MORE (R-Wis.), a spokeswoman said Nunes "has not talked to the Speaker about this."